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Monday, July 7, 2008

UNCP students perform health care internships

UNC Pembroke’s (N.C.)-Health Careers Access Program’s (N.C.-HCAP) Clinical Health Summer Program is a program for future health professionals to gain experience and examine careers.

Summer interns – From left: Crystal Hunt, Victoria Locklear, Morgan Schultingkemper, Erin Hunt, Susana Lopez, Michelle Godwin, Ethan Chavis, Courtney Sykes, Andrea Laza and Jordan Strickland

Summer interns – From left: Crystal Hunt, Victoria Locklear, Morgan Schultingkemper, Erin Hunt, Susana Lopez, Michelle Godwin, Ethan Chavis, Courtney Sykes, Andrea Laza and Jordan Strickland

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Ten UNCP students performed six-week internships in a variety of health care settings. On June 18, they delivered final report cards.

Andrea Laza, a junior from Cary, N.C., who wants to be a physician assistant, worked in every part of Pembroke Pediatrics’ office and earned a part-time job for her outstanding work.

“I love working in a pediatrics office, and I plan on going into this field,” Laza said.

Ethan Chavis, a sophomore from Maxton, N.C., was unsure about his future in health care, but found sports medicine to his liking.

“I played a lot of baseball, and it affected my shoulder,” said Chavis, who interned at Scotland Health Care System’s Imaging Center. “I learned that the proper way to fix this problem is to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder.”

Erin Hunt, a sophomore biology major from Pembroke, found that family medicine is not for her.

“I loved my internship because I got to work one-on-one with the doctor,” Hunt said. “The pace of family medicine is too slow; I’m interested in emergency medicine.”

HCAP director Sylvia Johnson said the internships are important in the career process.

“The Summer Internship is a time for outstanding students to find themselves and their place in health care,” said Sylvia Johnson, HCAP director. “The students get practical experience, exposure to real-life situations and the opportunity to make valuable contact with health care professionals by which mentor relationships could form.”

Michelle Godwin, who worked at Robeson Health Care’s Lumberton Health Center, said shadowing health care professionals on the job was the best part of the internship.

“To work side by side with a medical professional was exciting and rewarding,” Godwin said. “This allowed me to learn the day-to-day activities in the profession of my interest.”

Crystal Hunt, who in enrolled in UNCP’s nursing program and interned at Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Nursing Department, said there were no drawbacks to the experience.

“This was the best way for me to spend my summer prior to entering my senior year as a nursing student,” Hunt said. “Every opportunity I encountered was a learning experience which helped build on the foundation laid down in classes.”

Here is a list of participants and their internships

  • Morgan Schultingkemper – Senior, biology major from Hope Mills, N.C., Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s St. Pauls Medical Center.
  • Susana Lopez – Sophomore, nursing major from Rockingham, N.C., Scotland Health Care System.
  • Courtney Sykes – Senior, biology major from Goldsboro, N.C., Robeson Health Care’s Julian T. Pierce Health Center.
  • Victoria Locklear – Junior, biology major from Pembroke, Lumberton Children’s Clinic.
  • Andrea Laza – Junior, biology major from Cary, N.C., Pembroke Pediatrics
  • Michelle Godwin – Sophomore, biology major from Rowland, N.C., Robeson Health Care.
  • Crystal Hunt – Senior, nursing major from Lumberton, N.C., Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Nursing Department.
  • Ethan Chavis – Sophomore, undecided major, from Maxton, N.C., Scotland Health Care System’s Radiology/Imaging Department.
  • Jordan Strickland – Sophomore, biology and chemistry major from Maxton, N.C., Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Pharmacy Department.
  • Erin Hunt – Sophomore, biology major from Pembroke, Maxton Family Practice Clinic.

For more information about the N.C. HCAP program at UNCP, please contact the office at 910.521.6673 or hcap@uncp.edu.

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